MOX Scandal: Japan Times on “latest revelation of attempts to rig public opinions on nuclear power” — “Collusive ties” between gov’t and nuke industry

Published: November 27th, 2011 at 9:43 pm ET
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Rigging opinions on nuclear power, The Japan Times Online, Nov. 28, 2011 (Emphasis Added):

A third-party committee of the Hokkaido government on Wednesday reported that the then chief of the regional government’s nuclear power safety measures section asked Hokkaido Electric Power Co. in July 2008 to collect opinions that favored the use of MOX (mixed oxide) nuclear fuel in the No. 3 reactor of its Tomari nuclear power plant.

The chief made the request because a majority of opinions collected by the Hokkaido government up to that point had been decidedly against the use of MOX fuel, which contains both plutonium and uranium, the committee said.

Not the first time

This is just the latest revelation of attempts to rig public opinions on nuclear power. [...]

It is already known that the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy and the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, both of the trade and industry ministry, asked five power companies — Hokkaido, Tohoku, Chubu, Shikoku and Kyushu — to mobilize employees and other people to express opinions favoring nuclear power generation in public meetings, symposiums, etc. [...]

Given the collusive ties between the government and the power industry, it will be difficult for people to take the claim of nuclear power plant safety at face value. Local residents will resist the restart of such plants even when their regular inspection is over.

Anti-nuclear protestors sit tight at Japanese ministry, DPA, Nov. 18, 2011 (Emphasis Added):

The Resistance

  • “We won’t allow the government to restart idled reactors” after they are shut down for maintenance, [Eda] says.
  • All of Japan’s 11 reactors still in operation, are scheduled to be shut down for servicing by April, he says.
  • If the government withholds permission for them to restart, Japan would be free of nuclear power.
  • “That’s an immediate goal,” Eda says outside the ministry, which has
    promoted the country’s nuclear-dependent energy policy for decades.
  • The country’s other 43 reactors are either currently being
    inspected, or have been shut down in the wake of the March 11 earthquake
    and tsunami.

More on The Resistance from Aileen Mioko Smith, at 19:30 in

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12 comments to MOX Scandal: Japan Times on “latest revelation of attempts to rig public opinions on nuclear power” — “Collusive ties” between gov’t and nuke industry

  • arclight arclight

    japanese resistance.. aileen mioko smith is one of the true heroes of this disaster… and the japan times covering corruption??? please give us more of that oh japan times (i subscribe you know!! :) )!!!!!! investigative journalism!! get in there!! :) :)


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  • dosdos dosdos

    MOX is a key issue with going forward with Monju, their fast breeder reactor that is about to get the plug pulled on its budget. Naturally, they want to make MOX look really good for Japan, to keep their processing center dreams alive.
    http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20111128p2g00m0dm010000c.html


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  • gr81 gr81

    Wow! Smart lady! We can sure use an Aileen Mioko Smith on our side in the U.S. against the nukes!


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  • Grampybone Grampybone

    Well lets see how the news of corruption sinks in to the population of Japan. If people take the warning that the public has been lied to who knows what will happen now. Hopefully the Japanese people take action against the use of MOX fuel. The campaign of silence has been cracked a tiny bit at the end of an 8 month blackout. If more information starts getting released about the abominations fallout causes then the people of Japan stand a chance to win. I hope there is enough time left to inform those who stand idly by.


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    • jonjon

      The sad thing is, most people in Japan don’t even have a clue what MOX is. When I meet people from contaminated regions such as Chiba and other parts of North eastern Japan, and asked them if they’re not worried about radiation, they laugh, as if the question is completely outdated and as if I have been living in a cave since 311.
      Their answer? Oh, it’s finished now… there is no radiation anymore.

      With that kind of answer, there’s nothing more to talk about… you give up. In Japan, more often than not you are confronted with ignorance beyond hope.


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      • jonjon,
        Many around the world have been brainwashed it’s over !


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      • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

        Most people are busy trying to live their lives. Do not become frustrated by their ignorance. I wish I could go back to not knowing and just move on. I cannot and it seems like neither can you. So what is the plan then from this point?

        Stopping nuclear wherever the opportunity exists right now is a good place to start.

        1) Japan’s reactors that are shut down should not be re-started.
        How do those of us in other countries help to facilitate this?
        Shall we protest at local Japanese embassies? What is the plan for us to help?

        2) California will have a ballot to shut down their nuclear power plants.
        Everyone in the USA knows someone in California. Tell the people you know about this issue. Educate them. Go on websites for newspapers, blogs etc. from California and help to educate the people of California. The people need to be educated about the true nature of the risky situation they are in. The pro-nuclear lobby will be working hard in California to not allow this to happen.


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        • They are shutting them down as we discussed back in March, all are subject to become so irradiated that operators would be in contaminated zone, worker would be hard to find, that a chain reaction event could take place in many of the plants unconnected as this event unfolds, more earthquake could cause even more reactors to fall furthering the radiation out put !

          The world Government’s I am sure weighed in on this with Japans leaders and advised them to shut them all down before even more came to be that is already way beyond their means to deal with !

          This possibility had to be brought out in think tanks in the past with that many reactors in Japan !


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      • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

        3) The language barrier is something that must continue to be overcome. This site and others are helpful but how do we communicate to each other on this issue in one location cross-culturally. Think about it, the people in Russia and the Ukraine knew before everyone else what was happening as a result of Chernobyl. It took the study done for the New York Academy of Sciences report on Chernobyl in conjunction with Eastern Europeans to be done in 2009 before average people could find out more information. By then Chernobyl was not on most people’s minds. The information from that report is not in the collective conscience of the world and it should be. It should trump the mis-information and numbers from the IAEA and WHO about Chernobyl. The Japanese people will be radiation experts after Fukushima and Hiroshima/Nagasaki. The information from Japan on these issues should belong to the world. The information blackout and lack of transparency by the government and TEPCO is a battle that must be fought by the Japanese people. People within these agencies need to release the information to the public. Who will stand up for the Japanese people and let them know what is really happening. Where are the whistle blowers, are there none in Japan? Are nuclear reactors the only thing that leak in Japan?


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      • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

        4) Get ready for the next Nuclear Disaster: People have forgotten about Chernobyl, they think it is over. They only remember Chernobyl because of Fukushima. Fukushima is being forgotten, most people in the world think it is over too. When will they think about Fukushima?-When the next nuclear disaster happens somewhere in the world. It may take another incident before people cannot ignore this issue. The next disaster could be another explosion at Fukushima, another earthquake in Japan or California, any number of nuclear accidents could happen. What resources will the anti-nuclear movement have available to the general public who know nothing of these things. Will we leave humanity to rely on only the controlled information of the government, nuclear industry and their lobby? Will people be calmly irradiated when they could have just evacuated immediately and from a safe distance evaluated reliable data to determine their next best course of action? We see what has happened with radiation monitoring around the world since Fukushima. There needs to be a continuous network of radiation monitoring around the world that is not government/industry controlled. This group at MIT has started such a project if you would like to help them collect baseline data in the United States or data in Japan go to http://blog.safecast.org/ specifically: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGJOUzRKRzUzOWxXRTB4RkRUNXNGMnc6MQ


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